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  • Zafar Khan
    Note: We were the first one to break the news when it happened. See http://groups.yahoo.com/group/IslamicNewsUpdates/message/5804
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      Danish paper sorry for Muhammad cartoons

      Late apology after tide of Arab anger and boycott
      Swedes and Norwegians also affected by fallout

      Nicholas Watt European editor
      Tuesday January 31, 2006
      The Guardian


      Denmark's largest selling broadsheet newspaper last
      night issued an apology to the "honourable citizens of
      the Muslim world" after publishing a series of
      cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad that provoked
      protests across the Middle East.
      In a lengthy statement the editor-in-chief of
      Jyllands-Posten admitted that the 12 cartoons, one of
      which depicted Muhammad wearing a bomb-shaped turban,
      had caused "serious misunderstandings". Carsten Juste
      said: "The 12 cartoons ... were not intended to be
      offensive, nor were they at variance with Danish law,
      but they have indisputably offended many Muslims, for
      which we apologise."

      Mr Juste spoke out hours after Scandinavians were
      warned against travelling to Gaza and the West Bank
      after the al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigade demanded that all
      Swedes and Danes leave the territories. An Iraqi
      militant group joined the protests when it called for
      attacks against Danish and Norwegian targets after a
      Norwegian newspaper ran the cartoons.

      Danish businesses started to take fright yesterday
      after religious leaders in Saudi Arabia, which last
      week recalled its ambassador to Copenhagen, called for
      a boycott of Danish goods. The dairy group Arla Foods
      reported that two of its staff in Saudi Arabia had
      been beaten by angry customers. This prompted Arla's
      executive director to press the Danish government to
      take action. Peder Tuborgh said: "I urgently beg the
      government to enter a positive dialogue with the many
      millions of Muslims who feel they have been offended
      by Denmark."

      Amid this atmosphere, Jyllands-Posten finally admitted
      it had made a mistake, and published an apology on its

      Anders Fogh Rasmussen, the Danish prime minister, last
      night welcomed the apology. Insisting that the
      government could not apologise on behalf of
      newspapers, Mr Rasmussen told the TV2 channel: "I
      personally have such a respect for people's religious
      belief that I personally never would have depicted
      Muhammad, Jesus or any other religious character in a
      way that could offend other people."

      Danish officials will be hoping that the apology will
      help to draw a line under the row, which was sparked
      on September 30 when Jyllands-Posten published the
      cartoons. They caused deep offence on two grounds:
      Islam bars any depiction of the Prophet Muhammad and
      the cartoons were deemed grossly offensive. One
      drawing depicted the Muhammad wearing a turban shaped
      as a bomb with a burning fuse, while in another he
      wielded a sword.

      Protests were initially confined mainly to Denmark,
      though there were demonstrations in Karachi and
      Muslims sent angry emails to Danish embassies.

      Mr Rasmussen, who was first elected after exploiting
      resentment of asylum-seekers, initially misjudged the
      mood by declining to meet ambassadors from 11 Islamic

      Amid increasing protests, Mr Rasmussen eventually
      addressed the matter in the new year, when he
      condemned attempts "to demonise groups of people on
      the basis of their religion or ethnic background". He
      mentioned "a few unacceptably offensive" instances,
      but stopped short of naming Jyllands-Posten. This
      failed to satisfy many Muslims who placed
      advertisements in newspapers in the Middle East
      condemning the cartoons.

      Denmark daily issues apology
      [ Tuesday, January 31, 2006 10:09:49 pmREUTERS ]


      COPENHAGEN: Denmark's Jyllands-Posten newspaper, which
      published the cartoons, issued an apology late on
      Monday in a statement to Arab countries sent to the
      Jordanian news agency Petra.

      The drawings, that seemed to portray the Prophet as a
      terrorist, were published in September, but the row
      erupted this month after diplomatic efforts to solve
      the issue failed. One drawing shows Mohammad wearing a
      turban shaped as a bomb.

      "The drawings are not against the Danish law but have
      indisputably insulted many Muslims, for which we shall
      apologise," the newspaper said in the statement.

      Fury grows over Denmark cartoons
      Tuesday 31 January 2006, 10:51 Makka Time, 7:51 GMT


      Denmark has warned its citizens to avoid Saudi Arabia
      after Muslim fury mounted over newspaper cartoons of
      the Prophet Muhammad.

      Denmark's Jyllands-Posten newspaper, which published
      the cartoons, issued an apology late on Monday in a
      statement to Arab countries, sent to the Jordanian
      news agency Petra.

      The drawings, which seemed to portray the prophet as a
      terrorist, were published in September, but the row
      erupted this month after diplomatic efforts to solve
      the issue failed. One drawing shows Prophet Muhammad
      wearing a turban shaped as a bomb.

      Muslims deem images of prophets disrespectful and
      caricatures blasphemous, and some have threatened
      Danes and demanded an apology.

      The newspaper said in a statement: "The drawings are
      not against the Danish law but have indisputably
      insulted many Muslims, for which we shall apologise."

      Iraqi fighters' threat

      An Iraqi fighters' group called on Monday for attacks
      on Danish and Norwegian targets, according to a
      statement attributed to the Mujahidin Army. A
      Norwegian paper has also run the drawings.

      The internet statement called on fighters to "hit
      whatever targets possible belonging to these two
      countries and others that follow their steps". It
      could not be authenticated.

      Denmark has about 530 troops serving in Iraq.

      A roadside bomb exploded near an Iraqi police car
      driving in front of a Danish forces patrol, wounding
      one Iraqi, the Danish army said on Monday, adding it
      had no reason to conclude the attack was connected to
      the cartoon row.

      As the diplomatic and economic impact has spread,
      Saudi Arabia has recalled its envoy from Denmark and
      its religious leaders called for a boycott of Danish

      Across the Gulf, several supermarkets pulled
      Scandinavian foods off the shelves after consumers

      Sudan said it had told a Danish government minister he
      could not make a planned visit and said it had also
      called for a boycott of Danish goods.

      Sudanese reaction

      Jamal Ibrahim, a Sudanese Foreign Ministry spokesman,
      said: "This is an insult to the Prophet Muhammad.
      Furthermore, we have asked our national companies to
      boycott all Danish goods."

      Libya has closed its Copenhagen embassy, and thousands
      of Palestinians marched in protest on Monday.

      Anders Fogh Rasmussen, Denmark's prime minister,
      welcomed the paper's statement but did not apologise.

      Rasmussen said: "The Danish government cannot
      apologise on behalf of a Danish newspaper. It does not
      work like that ... and we have explained that to the
      Arab countries. Independent media are not edited by
      the government."

      Earlier on Monday, he advised colleagues in the
      European Union of the situation and the bloc's
      executive said it might complain to the World Trade
      Organisation about the boycott if the Saudi government
      had encouraged it.

      Scandinavian caution

      The Danish Foreign Ministry advised against
      non-essential travel to Saudi Arabia and urged Danes
      to be cautious in other Muslim countries.

      "Danes who choose to stay in Saudi Arabia should show
      extraordinarily high watchfulness," it added on its

      The Danish Red Cross said it had pulled two employees
      out of Gaza and one from Yemen, and Norway's Foreign
      Ministry said two Norwegian aid workers in Gaza were
      planning to leave on Monday.

      Palestinian warning

      Sweden warned its citizens against travelling to Gaza
      and the West Bank and the Swedish consulate in
      Jerusalem received a fax claiming to be from Fatah's
      al-Aqsa Martyr's Brigades demanding that all Danes and
      Swedes should leave the area.

      "All Swedes and Danes that exist on our soil have 48
      hours to leave our country or else," according to the
      fax read to Reuters by a consulate official.

      Dozens of Palestinians with rifles and grenade
      launchers rallied outside the EU headquarters in Gaza
      City, demanding an apology and warning Danes and
      Norwegians they would be at risk in Gaza.

      Some of the armed men fired in the air, while others
      burned Danish and Norwegian flags.

      Hamas, the Islamic resistance group which won
      Palestinian elections last week, urged Muslim
      countries to take "deterrent steps against idiotic
      Danish behaviour".

      Hardest hit by the boycott was Danish-Swedish dairy
      product maker Arla Foods, with annual sales of $487
      million in the Middle East. The world's biggest maker
      of insulin, Novo Nordisk, also said it was affected.

      Gaza EU offices raided by gunmen


      Masked gunmen in Gaza have briefly stormed the local
      office of the EU.

      They demanded an apology from Denmark and Norway over
      the publication of cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad
      that have offended Muslims.

      One of the gunmen said citizens of both countries
      should not enter Gaza until the apology is made.

      Libya shuts embassy in protest at Danish cartoons


      Libya has shut down its embassy in Denmark, in a
      protest against a series of cartoons in a Danish
      newspaper widely seen by Muslims to be offensive to
      their prophet, Mohammed.

      The Libyan foreign ministry says it has taken the step
      because the Danish authorities have failed to act
      against the newspaper for running the cartoons, some
      of which depicted the prophet Mohammed as a terrorist.

      Libyan Prime Minister Shukri Ghanem told the BBC that
      economic ties between the two countries are currently
      under review.

      Mr Ghanem said that should Denmark fail to fulfil its
      responsibilities, Libya will most likely boycott
      Danish products.

      - BBC

      Clinton warns of rising anti-Islamic feeling
      Mon Jan 30, 10:15 AM ET


      DOHA (AFP) - Former US president Bill Clinton warned
      of rising anti-Islamic prejudice, comparing it to
      historic anti-Semitism as he condemned the publishing
      of cartoons depicting Prophet Mohammed in a Danish

      "So now what are we going to do? ... Replace the
      anti-Semitic prejudice with anti-Islamic prejudice?"
      he said at an economic conference in the Qatari
      capital of Doha.

      "In Europe, most of the struggles we've had in the
      past 50 years have been to fight prejudices against
      Jews, to fight against anti-Semitism," he said.

      Clinton described as "appalling" the 12 cartoons
      published in a Danish newspaper in September depicting
      Prophet Mohammed and causing uproar in the Muslim

      "None of us are totally free of stereotypes about
      people of different races, different ethnic groups,
      and different religions ... there was this appalling
      example in northern Europe, in Denmark ... these
      totally outrageous cartoons against Islam," he said.

      The cartoons, including a portrayal of the prophet
      wearing a time-bomb-shaped turban, were reprinted in a
      Norwegian magazine in January, sparking uproar in the
      Muslim world where images of the prophet are
      considered blasphemous.

      Clinton criticised the tendency to generalise negative
      news of Islamic militancy.

      "Because people see headlines that they don't like
      (they will) apply that to a whole religion, a whole
      faith, a whole region and a whole people?" he asked.

      A wide campaign to boycott Danish products has swept
      through Muslim countries as many governments and
      organisations have demanded an apology from the Danish

      Clinton said the United States should continue to push
      for a Middle East settlement, in light of the stunning
      win by the radical Islamist movement Hamas in last
      week's Palestinian elections.

      "It is important that ... we continue to be heavily
      involved in the resolution of the issues in the Middle
      East. (But) it depends in part on what Hamas says and
      does," he said.

      "When we (US) are involved, fewer people (have) died,"
      he said.

      US President George W. Bush on Friday warned of cuts
      in US aid to the Palestinians if Hamas does not
      dissolve its armed wing and renounce threats against

      Danish Muslims Urge Calm After Apology
      Additional Reporting By Ahmad Maher, IOL Staff


      COPENHAGEN, January 31, 2006 (IslamOnline.net & News
      Agencies) – Representatives of Danish Muslims said
      Tuesday, January 31, they accepted the apology of a
      Danish newspaper for its blasphemous cartoons of
      Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), urging more reasonable tone
      about Islam and Muslims and steps to stop a boycott of
      Danish products in the Muslim world.

      "We will clearly and articulately thank the prime
      minister (Anders Fogh Rasmussen) and Jyllands-Posten
      for what they have done," Kasem Ahmad, spokesman for
      Denmark's Islamic Faith Community, said Tuesday,
      January 31, according to the Associated Press (AP).

      Denmark's Costly Blunder
      By Muslim Affairs
      Jan. 30, 2006


      Recent escalations in the crisis spawned by the Danish
      Jyllands-Posten’s publication of a series of cartoons
      ridiculing Prophet Muhammad appear, on the surface, to
      be a test of Europe’s commitment to free speech. Yet
      the issue is substantially more complex.

      All religions should be protected from vilification
      and ridicule. Restriction on freedom of expression
      certainly places us on a dangerously slippery slope,
      but in the long run, a sense of social responsibility
      governing press freedoms seems bound to promote a
      healthier atmosphere of respect and mutual toleration,
      of which the world is greatly in need.

      The more chaotic alternative, sure to appeal to some
      die-hard libertarians, is to declare open season on
      all religious groups and beliefs. And this is where
      the trouble arises.

      Danes face growing Muslim storm


      Denmark has advised citizens against travel to Saudi
      Arabia, amid growing anger across the Muslim world at
      Danish depictions of the Prophet Muhammad.

      A newspaper that published cartoons of the Prophet,
      one of which pictured a bomb hidden in his turban,
      apologised on Monday for offending Muslims.

      Islam bans any depiction of the Prophet Muhammad or

      The backlash has included a boycott of Danish goods,
      diplomatic sanctions, and Islamic militant threats.

      The editor of the Jyllands-Posten newspaper told a
      Jordanian news agency: "These cartoons were not in
      violation of Danish law but have irrefutably offended
      many Muslims, and for that we apologise."

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